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Tim Spirit: Chiefs should learn a valuable lesson from the Dax debacle

It is often said that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This is something Kaizer Chiefs need to take to heart in the wake of their failed appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland this week. Chiefs can’t register new players after they flouted the rules in signing Madagascan international midfielder Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana in 2018. But if there’s one lesson from this debacle, it is that being arrogant doesn’t help matters, writes Timothy Molobi.

Side Entry: How ready are SA franchises to play Pro Rugby?

If the first few rounds of Super Rugby Unlocked have shown us anything, it is that not only are our leading franchise players not ready for the Rugby Championship, they will also be hard-pressed to be prepared for Pro Rugby. Granted, the Pro16 – which will be so named because it will feature South Africa’s four Super Rugby franchises – is only scheduled to begin in March, after the Currie Cup will have been won in January for the first time in South African rugby history.

Pirates put Chiefs to the sword in first Soweto derby

At this rate, it looks like Kaizer Chiefs’ wait for silverware will be prolonged to next year following their embarrassing 3-0 thrashing by arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinal on Saturday.

A massive task awaits Chiefs if they harbour any hopes for a comeback in the return leg next weekend. Although it is not yet over, it will take something special for Amakhosi to book a place in the final. But from yesterday’s performance that seems unlikely.

The economics of a Soweto derby behind closed doors

Stakeholders and partners of the PSL suffered significant financial loses in commercial revenue as a result of the Soweto derby being played behind closed doors. Saturday’s MTN8 semifinal between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will go down in history as the first fixture featuring the Soweto giants to be played without fans in attendance. The derby is usually a money-spinner – from ticket sales, VIP/hospitality packages, food and beverages at the stadium, to pre-derby activations, merchandise sales and broadcast advertising. It is estimated that at least R12 million was lost in ticket sales alone.

Player registration in the spotlight after Chiefs’ Fifa ban

The conundrum regarding free agents Sifiso Hlanti and Phathutshedzo Nange at Kaizer Chiefs has raised important questions about contracts and the registration of players.

Hlanti and Nange have been training with Amakhosi for the past few weeks in the hopes of signing contracts, while also anticipating that the player transfer ban imposed by Fifa on Chiefs would be overturned.

“How can you loan a player whom you haven’t registered? A player must be registered with the PSL and Safa. Only after that can they be loaned from club A to club B. But Sifiso hasn’t signed with them,” Hlanti’s agent told City Press.

Can Bafana deliver São Tomé on a silver platter?

In what would be a major boost for Bafana Bafana, São Tomé and Príncipe have proposed to forego their home advantage and remain in South Africa for the return leg of their upcoming back-to-back Afcon qualifiers in the coming days. The central African island country approached the CAF with the proposal.

SA Olympics team turn to Saudis to prepare for the Tokyo Games

SA Under-23 coach David Notoane is crossing fingers that his team will get a chance to play soon, amid increasing fears of a second wave of Covid-19 coronavirus infections that could affect international travel again. Notoane’s charges are poised to kick off their preparations for next year’s Olympic Games in Japan with two friendly games against Saudi Arabia during the Fifa international break in a fortnight.

Cricket SA interim board chosen, now for the skeletons

Of the many discrepancies that Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s interim board for Cricket SA (CSA) attempts to address, the most important is finding a voice for the players in an organisation that appears to have forgotten the main reason it was started. The inclusion of SA Cricketers’ Association president Omphile Ramela – who has had to relinquish his position in the association to be in the board – will hopefully see to it that the most important people in the game don’t rely on second-hand information over their collective futures. The erudite Ramela – who along with retired Judge Zak Yacoob (board chairman), Andre Odendaal, Xolani Vonya, Andile Dawn Mbatha, Nkeko Caroline Mampuru, Stavos Nicolaou, Judith February and Haroon Lorgat is part of the interim board hoping to address cricket’s meltdown in three months – doesn’t mince his words and is a staunch advocate for transformation.

SA Rugby cautioned about venture capitalists

The SA Rugby Union has been warned about the long-term prospects of its proposed mega-deal with would-be equity partners CVC Capital Partners. With news of the prospective deal having filtered out as long ago as February, City Press understands that a formal agreement which would result in a much-needed cash windfall is finally imminent. For a business whose finances have been ravaged by the Covid-19 outbreak, it’s the kind of eye-watering sum that has the potential to make the game unrecognisable, from a commercial perspective.

Ramsamy: Sascoc can’t stop elections

The process to hold general elections at the embattled SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) is well on track. This was the assurance given by renowned sports administrator Sam Ramsamy to the International Olympic Committee in a call on Friday night. The overdue elective conference is pencilled in for Saturday in Sandton, after initially being postponed in March because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Ramsamy has endured a tough time, with one faction of the Sascoc board accusing the 82-year-old of being “dictatorial” and of having a vested interest in the outcome of the election.


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